Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it
never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her
childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the
Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite
ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious
guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of
self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to
mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like
her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow
‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and
Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares
become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to
him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets
he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is
prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever
depend upon it.
First Impressions Last:
Gods and Goddesses take a new turn in Forsaken. An orignal take on a topic so often used and rewritten.
We first learn about Anastasia as Hannah, a troubled orphan girl trying to battle her own monsters and fears. Yet from this we learn more about who she actually is and what has already happened to her. Minor things we see from her past foster families shows us how strong she is. Instantly we feel sorry for her and feel defensive of her as an orphan, wanting for her to find her true self, the girl we know she is and who she will be.
We get to know Stasia and her life little by little. It makes it seem like she has trouble opening up to us. It's a different way to connect us with her and, yes, it works. It gives us time to understand her conflicting feelings on everything, as well as have time to take in everything.
The people in her adopted life, like her step-mum for one, is snobish and very stuck up. Oh reputation is everything my dears (well in this case it is). She cares more about her reputation than Hannah/Anastasia, and tries to make herself look above the rest. What better way to do that than to adopt a girl?
As she gets to the Island and to the school, we are instantly crowded with mystery. Mystery on who all these people are, what's so important about this school? and why do they all start to get nervous about Stasia's name and about who everyone is.
Everyone trying to protect Stasia from the truth gets annoying beause we too are left in the dark and want to know who she is and what's so special about her. Not telling her about herself has put her in more danger, as she would be learning to use her powers instead of trying to find answers that anyone else can give her. It puts her more at danger, because she doesn't know what she is getting into most of the time and she doesn't know that either. She needs to be able to defend herself in some way and the secrets that everyone is keeping from her (even if they are just a hunch).We know as much as Stasia does throughout the whole novel, which develops our relationship with her.
Ahh Finn. Hello sexy man ;) the secrets he keeps towards Stasia, sounds like they could jeopardise their developing relationship, which means that ultimately they will hurt each other by delaying the truth for too long. Is it really too good to be true? Luckily we start to see Finn slowly letting out his secrets as the time comes and as their relationship blossoms.
So much of the book focuses on Finn and Stasia's dreams as well as their relationship and the mystery surrounding Stasis'a past that when she mentions one name at the start of the book, and they pop up as just a name or are in a little scene that is easily forgotten, when we see them again as part of a major event we are clueless to who they actually are.
MAJOR CLIFFHANGER! NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! GET EXCITED!
This novel was received for review via YA Novel Reader Blog Tours. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.